Mimi & Eunice: Ye Olde Technologie Killing Culture, Scribes
from the the-more-things-change,-the-more-they-stay-the-same dept
Last month a well meaning friend in San Francisco wrote to me:
Netflix hurts and an idiot student told me last spring,"Why pay too see Sita at the Red Vic when I can watch it on the Internet
for free." I tried to be polite in my answer... I fear theInternet, Netflix, and other forms of amusement are killing what is left of independent theatres which means it will make things harder for artists to break even on productions. We will end up with a culture based on cell phone images "edited" on toy computers.
To which I replied,
Actually, the "idiot student" is right - there is no reason to go to the cinema for the "content." The reason to go to the cinema is for the EXPERIENCE, which can't be replicated by isolated watching at home. Netflix and the Internet aren't "killing" cinemas; clinging to exclusivity as a business model is. Cinemas should be emphasizing the irreplaceable experience they offer.
The second one is based on the Stop Piracy in NYC proaganda campaign. Maybe they'll sue me for stealing their idea!